What can I expect when I attend a KidCon event?

KidCon is the ultimate event for kids and families. Designed for kids, and kids at heart, we take our toys and games seriously. During the event, attendees will be able to shop, learn and play at our unforgettable Chicago event.

Who should attend?

Parents and children, ages 3-100! Our sessions focus on ages 3 to 13, and advice for parents of every stage.

What ticket types are available?
  • VIP: This ticket includes 2-day admission (Friday and Saturday) and will give you access to all sessions, event elements, and the exhibitor hall. All VIP attendees will receive a gift bag. Price: $50.00
  • Two-Day Admission: This ticket includes 2-day admission (Friday and Saturday) and will give you access to all sessions, event elements, and the exhibitor hall. This ticket does not include a gift bag. Price: $25.00.
  • Saturday Admission: This ticket includes single-day admission on Saturday and will give you access to all sessions, event elements, and the exhibitor hall. This ticket does not include a gift bag. Price: $10.00.
  • Basic Admission: This ticket includes single-day admission on Saturday and will give you access to the exhibitor hall. This ticket does not include access to sessions or a gift bag. Price: $5.00.
  • Child Admission: This ticket is for children and helps us identify how many children will be attending the event. Please register a Child Admission ticket for each child who will be attending with you.
How many people will attend KidCon?

KidCon event capacity varies from event to event, but you can expect to join up to 5000 attendees.

What is the parking situation?

Parking is available at the Williams Street Parking Garage for $15.00 per day and the garage is connected to the convention center via Skybridge.

Are you offering a discounted hotel block?

Yes! We will have two discounted hotel blocks available for your convenience!

  • Our hotel block is at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago O’Hare Rosemont. Reservations for the block will remain open through November 15th, 2018 or until they sell out, whichever occurs first. The block always sells out, though, so we do recommend booking your room as soon as possible. Rates start at $115 per night.
  • Our courtesy block with be at the Comfort Inn O’Hare Convention Center (2175 E. Touhy Ave, Des Plaines, IL 60016). Rooms start at $85.00 + tax per night. The discounted rate will be available until December 1, 2018 or until the block sells out. Rate includes free airport shuttle, free convention center shuttle, free hot breakfast, free wifi, and free parking. Book online or by calling 847-635-1300.
Who will be speaking at KidCon?

You can check out the full schedule here.

Can I bring my stroller to KidCon?

Of course! Strollers are welcome at our events. However, we will ask for strollers to be folded if crowding becomes an issue.

What is your infant feeding policy?

We believe that parents have the right to feed their child wherever they please. 

My company would love to exhibit, sponsor, or present at KidCon. Are you still accepting applications?

Yes, please send an email to us at info@kidcon.com with information about your company and we’ll get back to you!

Do you offer Media Passes to KidCon?

Yes! Please email us at media@kidcon.com for more info on how to apply for a Media Pass to the event.

Do you offer ticket refunds?

Unfortunately, ticket purchases are non-refundable. However, tickets are fully transferable by sending the new ticket holder your electronic ticket.

Can I upgrade my ticket?

Possibly! Send us an email at info@kidcon.com and let’s chat!

Do you offer ASL interpreters?

If you are in need of an ASL interpreter, please register for the event a minimum of 60 days in advance indicating your need for an ASL interpreter. Upon registering, please email us at info@kidcon.com to confirm.

Does my child require a ticket?

We ask that you register for a free Child Admission ticket for each child attending with you. This helps us know how many children will be attending the event.

What are the hours of the event?

Friday, December 7, 2018
Session Hours: 5:00pm-8:00pm
Exhibitor Hall Hours: 5:00pm-8:00pm

Saturday, December 8, 2018
Session Hours: 10:00am-3:30pm
Exhibitor Hall Hours: 10:00am-5:00pm

What are the hours of the event
Friday, December 7, 2018
Session Hours: 5:00pm-8:00pm
Exhibitor Hall Hours: 5:00pm-8:00pm

Saturday, December 8, 2018
Session Hours: 10:00am-3:30pm
Exhibitor Hall Hours: 10:00am-5:00pm

Where can I find an event schedule?

The KidCon Chicago schedule can be found here: https://kidcon.com/kidcon-schedule/

Registration, Gift Bags, and Giveaways
Show us your ticket on your phone, or as a print out, and we will get you your badge at registration. You can come and go as you please once you have your attendee badge. These badges have space on the front to write in your name and a little bit of info about yourself. We’ve found this is a great way to break the ice and meet other attendees.
If you have a ticket type that includes a gift bag, you will be given a wrist band that you will then trade in when you pick up your bag. And let’s not forget the giveaways! Make sure to check the back of your attendee badge. If it says “You’re a Winner!” head back to registration later in the day to claim your prize.